Public Health & Community Services
Who We Are
The Division of Public Health and Community Services is the public health entity for the City of Nashua. It is the first accredited Health Department in New Hampshire. All of the Departments within the Division offer services that directly impact the health, social, and economic well-being of the residents of the City of Nashua and the surrounding communities.
To promote, protect and preserve the health and well being of the Greater Nashua Region through leadership and community collaboration.
To have an informed, safe, healthy and resilient community where all people can thrive and prosper.
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Hepatitis A on the Rise - Protect Yourself with Vaccination
Hepatitis A is on the rise in NH and Mass. Since November 2018, 79 people have been diagnosed with hepatitis A, compared to an average of 6 – 7 people annually in recent years.
Hepatitis A infection is a vaccine-preventable viral infection that infects the liver. Hepatitis A virus (HAV) is contagious and is transmitted when a person unknowingly ingests the virus from objects, food or drinks contaminated by small, undetected amounts of stool from an infected person.
Symptoms includefever, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, dark urine, clay-colored bowel movements, joint pain, and jaundice. The infection causes inflammation of the liver (hepatitis), and severe infections can result in liver failure and even death.
Illness from HAV is often acute and self-limited; however, when this disease affects populations with already poor health or other chronic medical conditions (e.g., hepatitis B and C infections, chronic liver disease), the infection can lead to hospitalization and death.
How Can I get Hep A?
The virus that causes hepatitis A is contagious and anyone can get it; however, people at highest risk of contracting the virus are:
- people with direct contact with someone with hepatitis A
- people using injection or non-injection recreational drugs, including marijuana. Person-to-person transmission of HAV between persons who report drug use and/or homelessness could result from close contact, contaminated needles and other drug paraphernalia, sexual contact and practices, or from generally poor sanitary conditions.
- people experiencing homelessness or with unstable housing (e.g. “couch surfing”)
- gay and bisexual men
- people with ongoing, close contact with high-risk individuals
- people with recent jail or prison stay
Help prevent the spread:
- Wash your hands frequently - especially after bathroom use or before food preparation.
- Avoid sex with someone who has Hepatitis A infection.
- Don't share personal items, food, drinks, or smoking/drug devices with others.
- Get vaccinated
The vaccine is recommended for:
- All children starting at one year of age and older
- People who are at increased risk of hepatitis A infection (as noted above)
- Those with chronic liver diseases (such as hepatitis B and hepatitis C infections)
- Anybody wishing to obtain immunity
- People working in the food service industry
Where can I receive the hepatitis A vaccine?
We encourage Hepatitis A vaccines and are offering them at our Walk-In Clinic. Visit us:
- Tuesdays 4-7 PM
- Thursdays 3-6 PM
- Fridays 8:30 - 10:30 AM
Can't make it to our clinic? Talk to your healthcare provider or visit one of the other sites offering vaccinations.
Manchester Health Department
1528 Elm Street Manchester, NH 03101 Call: (603) 624-6466
Monday: 1:30pm to 3:30pm, Tuesday: 9:00am to 11:30am, Thursday: 3:00pm to 6:00pm
Goodwin Community Health
311 NH-108 Somersworth, NH 03878 Call: (603) 749-2346
Wednesday: 1:30pm to 4:00pm
Concord Regional VNA - St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
21 Centre Street Concord, NH 03301 Call: (603) 224-409
1st Mon of each month: 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Press Release - April 16, 2019
The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services’ (DHHS) Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) has announced that there has been a significant increase in the number of people in New Hampshire diagnosed with hepatitis A. To read the press release issued by the State of New Hampshire click here.
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